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The City of Las Cruces is hosting a virtual input meeting to discuss options for improvements to city soccer fields using recently appropriated state legislative funds of $856,000. The facilitated meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 1.

“We value positive community input, and this is a great opportunity for members of the public, and especially people involved with soccer activities, to engage with the City to discuss the needs for the fields,” said Jamey Rickman, the City’s community engagement manager. “Despite the restrictions of the current pandemic, we’re excited to provide this virtual meeting for the public. This is the first in a series of meetings on this topic.” Rickman added.

In an effort to increase proactive COVID-19 testing of New Mexico’s workforce and avoid additional temporary restrictions on essential businesses, the New Mexico Departments of Health and Environment have implemented a voluntary surveillance testing and contact tracing agreement to enable businesses to prevent mandatory 14-day closures triggered by state rapid responses to COVID-19 cases.

The agreement requires essential businesses to conduct regular COVID-19 testing among staff, as well as assist the Department of Health in contact tracing efforts. If positive cases are discovered as a result of this testing, the resulting rapid response will not count toward the mandatory 14-day closure requirement in the current public health order.

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Las Cruces City Councilor Johana Bencomo is calling for further discussion surrounding Las Cruces Police Department policies following Monday's city council meeting.

“We have to be really serious, right, about the kind of tension that exists right now in our community, and how do we address that?” Bencomo said.

The council reviewed various policies as part of the settlement agreement between the city of Las Cruces and the Estate of Antonio Valenzuela. Valenzuela died after being restrained by a now former LCPD officer following a traffic stop last February.

The presentation noted the police department has already implemented the majority of the suggested policies. This includes a ban on all chokeholds and a requirement for bi-annual de-escalation training. Lieutenant Jeremy Story says the police department is working to offer more trainings in 2021.     

The suspect in Saturday’s officer-involved shooting on Cinnabar Lane has been released from the hospital and now faces three felony charges.

Daniel Villa, 27, of the 3800 block of Watson Place, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

About 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, Las Cruces police were dispatched to the report of a domestic disturbance on the 100 block of Cinnabar Lane. Upon arrival police made contact with Villa.

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 2,259 additional COVID-19 cases.

As of today, there are 846 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

Las Cruces Man Suspected of Using Hammer to Beat Stepfather

Nov 23, 2020

A Las Cruces man suspected of using a hammer to critically injure his stepfather on Friday has been charged with attempted murder.

Alejandro Nevarez, 28, of the 1100 block of Lees Drive, is charged with a second-degree felony count of attempted murder, a third-degree felony count of aggravated battery against a household member and a fourth-degree felony count of tampering with evidence.

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SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced she will call the New Mexico Legislature into special session on Tuesday, Nov. 24, to take up a relief package for New Mexicans who have been affected by the economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor’s priorities for the session – sometimes referred to as the governor’s “call” – include direct unemployment assistance, supplementing the payments to New Mexicans whose employment has been impacted by the economic fallout of the pandemic; grants to New Mexico businesses, making meaningful funding assistance as accessible as possible for business-owners whose operations have been impacted by the public health emergency; emergency housing assistance; and emergency food bank services.

Netflix Plans to Boost New Mexico Presence with Expansion of ABQ Studios

Nov 23, 2020

SANTA FE, NM – Today, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller together with Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos announced that Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, plans to boost its presence in the state by expanding ABQ Studios and committing to an additional $1 billion in production spend. The expansion will add 300 acres to the company’s existing space at ABQ Studios, located in Albuquerque’s Mesa Del Sol area, making it one of the largest high-tech and sustainable film production facilities in North America. The investment will result in the creation of an estimated 1,000 production jobs in New Mexico over the next ten years. An additional 1,467 construction jobs will be also created to complete the expansion.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is reporting 383 more confirmed cases of COVID-19, an all-time high for the vast reservation.

Tribal health officials on Sunday announced the latest daily figure of new cases as well as five more coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of known cases now stands at 15,039, including 42 delayed reported cases. The death toll for the Navajo Nation is now up to 631.

EL PASO, Texas – A new research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will support The University of Texas at El Paso’s efforts to increase access to COVID-19 testing for populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

UTEP is one of 55 institutions that received an NIH award through the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program to support projects designed to rapidly implement COVID-19 testing strategies in populations including African-Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Latinos and Latinas, Native Hawaiians, older adults, pregnant women and those who are homeless or incarcerated.

University of New Mexico doctors have begun treating seriously ill COVID-19 patients suffering from acute breathing and kidney problems with a new drug therapy that tamps down life-threatening inflammation in the body.

The first patient to be treated with the therapy, dubbed SBI-101, has been enrolled in a Phase1/2 clinical trial, said Christos Argyropoulos, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Nephrology in the UNM School of Medicine. The drug was developed by Sentien Biotechnologies, Inc., a Lexington, Mass., biotechnology company.

Santa Fe – Today the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD), State Parks Division announces they are the recipient of a Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) Grant in the amount of $10,422,000, in partnership with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR).  BOR matching funds are $1,000,000 and the state matching funds are $860,000 for a total project amount of $12,282,000. The funds will be spent on a road safety improvement project at Lakeshore Road, a major access route to the west and north sides of Elephant Butte Reservoir at Elephant Butte Lake State Park.


NMDOH to introduce COVID-19 saliva tests

Nov 23, 2020
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SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health, evolving with the demands of COVID-19, will begin administering an FDA-approved COVID test that involves swabbing the mouth to collect a saliva sample. The department will begin offering the test at Balloon Fiesta Park on Monday.

NMDOH is collaborating with Curative, a research company in California that has created the first oral fluid test in the United States. The saliva samples have been demonstrated to be at least as accurate as the more traditional nasopharyngeal test swab. The tests will be self-collected – meaning they do not require a trained health care worker to administer -- but trained personnel will be present when and where these tests are made available to ensure samples are properly collected.

StoryCorps Military Voices - Tina Dalcour

Nov 23, 2020

Listen to the StoryCorps interview with Army Veteran Tina Dalcour and her son, John.


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33 COVID-19 Deaths In New Mexico; Largest Number In One Day

Nov 22, 2020

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 2,468 additional COVID-19 cases and 33 deaths, the largest number of deaths in one day.

As of today, there are 845 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's flailing attempt to cling to office after voters decisively chose to oust him has taken the country into a dark and fictional place.

According to falsehoods being told on his behalf and embraced by him, the U.S. election was manipulated by scheming from a dead Venezuelan strongman, by a computer system capable of flipping Trump votes to Joe Biden ones across the country, and by something weird happening in Germany. If that's not enough, the communists are coming.

None of this happened. None of it is true.

LAS CRUCES, NM – Three precincts in Doña Ana County were randomly selected by the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office to be included in a required post-election system check, which is one of many audits conducted to ensure accuracy in the voting process. The office is scheduled to begin the check on Monday, November 23, at 9:00 am at 2480 Lakeside Dr., Las Cruces, NM.

The three precincts are 31, 33, and 112. To view a map of all precincts in the Doña Ana County area, please go to https://donaanacounty.org/elections/maps.

LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One will resume overnight bridge deck repairs starting Monday November 23, 2020 on the Bridges over I-25 at Lohman Ave.

Hasse Contracting Co., (Contractor) will have nighttime lane closures in effect on the Lohman Ave Bridge. Bridge over I-25 on both eastbound and westbound lanes for bridge deck repairs. The speed limit will be reduced for the safety of the crew. Hours of operation will be from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Project is expected to be completed by Wednesday November 25, 2020.

Wanted Colorado Murder Suspect Arrested by New Mexico State Police

Nov 21, 2020

Gallup, NM – On Friday, in a coordinated law enforcement effort, New Mexico State Police officers along with federal law enforcement agencies, tracked down and arrested  Adre Jordan Baroz. Aka “Psycho”, who was wanted in connection for murder in southern Colorado.

New Mexico State Police officers in Gallup assisted  ATF and U.S. Marshals Service arrest wanted Colorado murder suspect, Adre Jordan Baroz (26) at a hotel north of Gallup, New Mexico.  He was taken into custody without incident. 

Baroz was arrested on a fugitive of justice warrant for two counts of murder. He was booked by the New Mexico State Police into the Gallup-McKinley County Adult Detention Center where he awaits extradition to Colorado.

Today, the Board of Directors and interim general manager announced in a joint statement that the Mountain View Market Co+op would be closing by the end of 2020.  Here is the statement from Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Corinne Whitmill:

History of the Co-op
Mountain View Market Co+op opened and operated during a time that witnessed enormous national change in terms of grocery shopping. Starting in the 1970s, increasing numbers of people began to look for organic, natural, and local foods. In response, food co-ops sprung up all over the U.S. to provide their members with the natural foods and services that conventional grocery stores were unable to offer.   

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SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health is seeking passengers who traveled Thursday, Nov. 19 on the El Paso-Los Angeles Limousine Express Bus Route 284 from El Paso, TX to Denver, CO. The DOH has learned these passengers were likely exposed to COVID-19. There were 32 passengers onboard and some were picked up in New Mexico.

The DOH was informed of a passenger on the bus who later died and tested positive for COVID. The department has little information regarding the other passengers and thus is unable to contact them directly.


New Mexico COVID-19 update: 2,353 new cases, totaling 79,440

Nov 21, 2020

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 2,353 additional COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths.

As of today, there are 825 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

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EL PASO, Texas -- The Texas National Guard has sent a 36-member team to El Paso to assist morgues in the border region with the number of dead as a result of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

Statewide, the Texas health department on Saturday reported a one-day high of 12,597 new virus cases, nearly 20,500 dead since the pandemic began and more than 8,200 virus hospitalizations.

“The Texas Military will provide us with the critical personnel to carry out our fatality management plan and we are very grateful to them for their ongoing support,” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said late Friday when the deployment was announced.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Law enforcement officers arrested 100 people in southeastern New Mexico as federal, state and local agencies conducted a roundup over several days, officials said. U.S. Marshal Sonya Chavez said Friday the arrests made in Chaves, Eddy and Lea counties were part of a national effort to apprehend violent criminals sought on felony arrest warrants. The Roswell Daily Record reported that the 15 participating agencies included the New Mexico State Police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Homeland Security, sheriff’s departments and the Roswell Police Department. Chavez said three similar operations have taken place in the past 18 months in the Las Cruces and Albuquerque areas.

Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University has announced an alliance with the Small Business Administration that will provide local businesses with additional resources.

Arrowhead Center will now have access to local SBA events as well as the ability to host speakers provided by SBA.

Small Business Administration District Director John Garcia says the partnership will be extremely beneficial.

“It’s a Strategic Alliance Memorandum to develop and foster a mutual understanding and a working relationship between the SBA and Arrowhead Center in order to strengthen and expand small business development in our local areas,” Garcia said. “You know, we have 157,000 small businesses in the state of New Mexico…it's critical that we team up and work together.”

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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has surpassed 8,000 hospitalized coronavirus patients for the first time since a deadly summer surge, and doctors are amplifying pleas to keep Thanksgiving gatherings small.

Texas reported more than 11,700 new cases Friday, once again approaching record highs. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has ruled out shutdowns and says cities and counties need to enforce restrictions already on the books, including occupancy limits and face coverings.

The Texas Hospital Association is now appealing for families to keep holiday gatherings “very small” as doctors and nurses struggle to keep up with rising caseloads. The group says staff are “tired and emotionally drained” and worried about the health of their own families.

The New Mexico legislature is meeting in a special virtual session Tuesday to plan a path toward economic recovery for the state.  Second Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County Kat Sánchez says it showcases the dedication of state elected officials to step up in the absence of a federal stimulus package.

“They are looking at trying to secure an economy for New Mexico and trying to make sure that everybody has food on their table and is able to pay their rent or their mortgage,” Sánchez said. “Days before we get together around a table for Thanksgiving, our legislators are working hard to make sure that we can continue to feed, clothe and shelter our families. And I think that speaks volumes that we can come together, put things aside, and just make sure that we're doing right by our communities.” 

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